Annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up to be Wednesday

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tomorrow, volunteers will gather for the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up. This will be the fifth year the clean up has been held. It is organized by the Pierre Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited and other agencies and businesses. The Izaak Walton League’s Paul Lepisto says previous clean ups have collected more than ten tons of trash and debris from in and alongside the waterway. He says the clean ups are important for many reasons.

Bret Afdahl of South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited didn’t expect volunteers would find as much garbage and debris as they did when the first clean up was first held in 2009.

Last year, 40 volunteers participated in the clean up. Afdahl says volunteers go out in boats to clean from the water or they can work as ground based crews to clean up areas along the river.

2010 brought the highest trash collection level-at 3.5 tons. Last year’s level was the lowest of the previous clean ups-at just over two tons. Volunteers generally try to pick up trash in and along the river from the railroad bridge to Farm Island. Those with questions can contact Lepisto at either 224-1770 or 220-1219-or call Afdahl at 222-2972.

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